New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters today that they were “duped” by former tight end Aaron Hernandez.
“If this stuff is true, then I’ve been duped and our whole organization has been duped,” said Kraft, via ESPNBoston.com.
Kraft also said he believed that Hernandez was the “most likeable young man”
He continued by saying the Patriots “made a mistake and are facing it head on.”
Kraft also said they plan to “renew efforts and look at procedures” to keep this from happening again.
“You can be sure we’ll be looking at our procedures and auditing how we do things,” Kraft said.
Kraft explained why they decided to release Hernandez.
“Following Aaron’s arrest, I read a number of different accounts of how things transpired in our organization. Let me be clear, we decided the week prior to Aaron’s arrest that if Aaron was arrested in connection with the Lloyd murder case that we would cut him immediately after,” he said.
“The rationale behind that decision was that if any member of the New England Patriots organization is close enough to a murder investigation to actually get arrested — whether it be for obstruction of justice or the crime itself, it is too close to an unthinkable act for that person to be part of this organization going forward.”
I don’t think anyone could have really predicted this. Hernandez was good at leading a double life if all of the allegations are true.